Our top 5 trees!

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Our top 5 trees!

Aug 25, 2022

It’s just about time to start planting your trees, so we’ve picked out our top 5 favourites this season:

Full Sun/Part-Shade

Betula pendula (Silver Birch)

Living up to its name with its beautiful silvery bark that is truly revealed in winter when the leaves drop, this Betula pendula has a weeping nature and glorious silvery green foliage. Its leaves change from green to gold in autumn which makes it a lovely tree for year-round interest. This tree prefers a cooler climate so it’s best to plant it in a shadier part of the garden or in clusters where the trees can provide each other with shade.

Windy/Exposed Location

Fagus sylvatica (Beech Tree)

Fagus sylvatica is a beautiful large deciduous tree with a densely pyramidal spreading crown. Boasting lustrous leaves which are pale green when young, dark green when mature, and a rich golden brown in the fall, it makes a superb shade tree or statement in a large sprawling garden

Fine for Heavy Clay Soils (like ours!)

Malus Red Sentinel (Crab apple Tree)

One of the most ornamental crab apple varieties, the beautiful Malus Red Sentinel bears pink-white flowers in late spring, followed by masses of glossy, round, red fruit. Happy in well-drained soil and full sun, this tree is perfect for a small garden.

Shade Tolerant

Acer palmatum Garnet (Japanese Maple)

Loved for its outstanding colour, this showy stunner creates a marvel of feathery, heavily dissected foliage that resembles the colour of a deep garnet stone throughout the spring and summer before turning various shades of scarlet for a striking autumn display.
Ideal for small gardens or growing in a pot, Acer palmatum ‘Garnet will create a stunning focal point or backdrop.

Good for small gardens

Cercis canadensis (Forest Pansy)

With striking foliage, the award-winning Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’ (Redbud) is a large deciduous shrub or small, often multi-trunked tree producing stunning pea-like rose-purple flowers which bloom profusely on bare branches in early spring (March-April) before the foliage emerges. The joyful blossoms are usually on display for many weeks, before being partnered by heart-shaped, shimmering red-purple leaves. A total showstopper and a great landscape tree.

Visit our gardening help page for more advice on planting trees, and remember you can always ask us for guidance when you visit Bumbles.

Trees for autumn planting at Bumbles, September 2021

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